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Latest items for LRW-DATA-1

Jan. 1, 2021, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“The governor of Nigeria's Kaduna state has signed a law saying men convicted of rape will face surgical castration. Anyone raping a child under age 14 will face the death penalty under the new legislation. It follows public anger over a recent increase of rapes amid Covid-19 restrictions, which prompted the nation's state governors to declare a state of emergency” (para. 1-3). “Reported cases of rape in Nigeria have risen dramatically during the months of coronavirus restrictions” (para. 5).
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Such cases are not aberrant in Pakistan’s history. In fact, these two cases mirror the turmoil and pain and anguish that hundreds of victims of sexual abuse undergo every year" (para 6).
Dec. 24, 2020, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"For rape, out of some 28,700 rape cases reported between 2005 and 2014, only about 3 percent saw guilty verdicts, the report showed" (para 5).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRW-DATA-1

“The law in the West African nation had carried a maximum penalty of 15 years, with no minimum sentencing requirement. Advocates say one man convicted of raping a 13-year-old served only 24 hours last year” (para 11).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

""Of critical importance, internationals discovered that even though Qadhafi had used sexual violence as a strategic tactic of terror for decades, the International Commission of Inquiry (ICC) “did not find documented evidence to substantiate claims of widespread sexual violence... such as to amount to crimes against humanity" during the revolution. Neither the UN, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, nor the U.S. Army, detected evidence of an escalation into mass rape" (4).
Dec. 18, 2020, 7:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“India has a dismal reputation for sex crimes with nearly 34,000 rapes reported every year despite tough new laws introduced in recent years” (para. 12).
Dec. 9, 2020, 11:21 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

An 86-year old grandmother was raped and assaulted by a 33-year-old man in India after he lured her out of her home by offering to take her to buy milk after claiming that the regular milk delivery was not coming (ERD-CODER COMMENT). “India was classified the most dangerous place for women in 2018 because of its high levels of domestic and sexual violence” (para 12). “The Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of 550 global experts made the classification based on the 33,356 rapes and 89,097 assaults that year” (para 13). “In 2017, there were as many as 90 rapes reported to police every day, according to government data” (para 14). “Rape...more
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“The harsher penalties were prompted by the shocking rape and murder of 14-year-old girl Yuyun in Sumatra by a gang of 12 men and boys in May” (para 4). “Australian man Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis, who is on trial for the alleged sexual abuse of at least 11 girls ­between the ages of eight and 17 in Bali, will be spared as the laws are not retroactive” (para 7). “Indonesian Child Protection Agency commissioner Asrorun Niam said sexual abuse against minors was become increasingly rampant across Indonesia and harsher penalties would help” (para 13).
Dec. 5, 2020, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“Five men who gang-raped a 15-year-old girl have today been sentenced to death in Bangladesh, just days after the country approved capital punishment for rape cases” (para 1). “Prosecutor Nasim Ahmed said the victim's boyfriend took her to a riverside where she was raped by him and two friends. Two others helped them” (para 3). “Local human rights groups say rapes have surged in the country. Ain-o-Salish Kendra, a women's rights group, said 889 rapes, including hundreds of gang rapes, occurred between January and August this year. At least 41 victims died, it said” (para 12-13).
Dec. 5, 2020, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“Liberian President George Weah has declared rape a national emergency and has ordered new measures to tackle the problem after a recent spike of cases in the poor West African state” (para 1). “The high rates of rape in impoverished Liberia, forced to contend both with war and the Ebola virus in recent years, has been a longstanding concern. Incidents of rape appear to have risen sharply this year, however. Margaret Taylor, the director of Liberia's Women Empowerment Network, told the AFP news agency last month that her NGO had recorded 600 cases of rape between June and August, for example. That was up from between 80 and a hundred...more
Dec. 3, 2020, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, LRCM-DATA-2

“The Committee is equally concerned that the prevalence of sexual abuse of girls under 15 years of age is one of the highest in the world, and that nearly 1 in 3 women has been sexually abused before that age, mostly by male family members and partners” (5).
Dec. 3, 2020, 12:41 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

"In 2007, the US State Department recorded 6,192 cases of child abuse in Sweden by November of that year. It also reported homophobic crime was on the rise, and tens of thousands of rapes and domestic violence incidents in a population of just nine million" (para 12).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:56 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“The measures followed public anger over a recent increase of rapes amid Covid-19 restrictions, which prompted the nation's state governors to declare a state of emergency” (para 3). “Reported cases of rape in Nigeria have risen dramatically during the months of coronavirus restrictions” (para 10).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“Julius Maada Bio said hundreds of cases of rape and sexual assault are reported in the west African nation each month against women, girls and babies as young as three months old… He added that 70 per cent of victims are under 15” (para 2-3). “Thousands of cases [of rape] are unreported because of a culture of silence or indifference, leaving victims traumatised, he said, adding that he wants to increase awareness” (para 7).
Nov. 9, 2020, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“Some 68 per cent of more than 300 service providers across the country have reported an increase in gender-based violence, including rape, since the pandemic began, UNFPA said in a report last month” (para 18).
Oct. 6, 2020, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"According to a 2018 national study, 48 percent of girls and women between the ages of 13 to 24 reported having experienced some form of sexual violence, with 1 in 3 girls experiencing some form of sexual violence before the age of 18. In a country with the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world, sexual and gender-based violence is one of the key contributors of new HIV infections" (para 13).
Sept. 28, 2020, 6:26 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"It's also dangerous. Several women each year are sexually assaulted while in chhaupadi" (para 3).
Sept. 26, 2020, 10:54 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-3, LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-3, LRW-DATA-1

“X and Y v. the Netherlands (no. 8978/80) (26 March 1985): A girl with a mental handicap (the second applicant) was raped, in the home for children with mental disabilities where she lived, the day after her sixteenth birthday (which was the age of consent for sexual intercourse in the Netherlands) by a relative of the person in charge. She was traumatised by the experience but deemed unfit to sign an official complaint given her low mental age. Her father (the first applicant) signed in her place, but proceedings were not brought against the perpetrator because the girl had to make the complaint herself. The domestic courts recognised that there...more
Sept. 26, 2020, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-DATA-1

“I.G. v. the Republic of Moldova (no. 53519/07) (15 May 2012): The applicant alleged that, at the age of fourteen, she had been raped by an acquaintance (a twenty-three-year-old man who lived in the same neighbourhood as the applicant’s grandmother, whom she visited often). She complained in particular that the authorities had not investigated her allegations effectively. The Court held that the investigation of the applicant’s case had fallen short of the requirements inherent in the State’s positive obligations to effectively investigate and punish all forms of rape and sexual abuse, in violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the Convention” (6). “I.P. v. the Republic...more
Sept. 20, 2020, 7:10 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Domestic violence affects more than two-thirds of women in Papua New Guinea. In March 2019, more than 200 domestic violence and sexual violence cases were reported in Lae and Port Moresby, where over 23 murders alone were attributed to domestic violence" (para 4).
Aug. 30, 2020, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, LRCM-DATA-1

"It also notes that…more than half of women admitted having experienced at least one form of sexual violence by their intimate partner" (para 8).
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“For the last 16 years we’ve been living in a state of war in the east of our country. It’s a war of aggression with neighbouring countries. There are national armed groups and there are foreign groups who pillage our region…It’s women’s bodies who are used as battlefields in this war...Thousands of women are raped with atrocious violence, children are recruited and young women are detained as sexual slaves by the armed groups” (para 3-5). “There are lots of resolutions that have been adopted by the UN. There are lots of accords that have been signed too. We’ve also now got a UN mission in our country. But what are...more
Aug. 12, 2020, 3:51 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"UN Women group, which works for women's empowerment, estimated that almost a third of Egyptian women experienced intimate partner physical or sexual violence in their lifetime" (para 29). "In April and May, Egypt hosted the 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), the African Union's top rights body, in an oppressive atmosphere...Two female participants were sexually assaulted by registration officials in Sharm al-Sheikh" (para 36).
Aug. 11, 2020, 7:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“In India, being female is a risk factor: the sword of patriarchy, socio-economic deprivation, rape, sexual violence, harassment and domestic violence looms large over her head. For many girls, these are huge barriers to education” (para 4). “As for daughters, they are most often considered liabilities, for whom families have to pay substantial wedding dowries, while protecting their chastity becomes a major concern in the face of rampant sexual violence and rape, besides fearing the possibility of voluntary pre-marital sex – all of which are considered as factors that bring ‘shame’ upon the family” (para 9).
Aug. 10, 2020, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“The alleged sexual assault of a teenager by a prominent lawyer and oil executive in China has sparked calls for the government to do more to address the sexual abuse of children and women, including raising the age of consent from 14. Bao Yuming has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl, now 18 and given the pseudonym Xingxing, in 2016” (para 1-2). “‘Do you know why sexual assault of minors occurs again and again? They [the alleged abusers] are exposed time and again but vanish each time … without severe punishment,’ said a high-profile Chinese actor, Zhang Ziyi, on Weibo” (para 18).
Aug. 8, 2020, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"A 2012 government survey revealed high rates of gender-based violence, with an estimated 1 in 4 women facing sexual violence in the course of a lifetime. A high rate of rape of adolescent girls is of particular concern" (para 20). "From January 2014 until June 2018, Ecuador's Ministry of Education received 4,111 complaints of sexual violence against students; 1,837 were school-related. It also reopened 734 complaints that had been archived or suspended by the ministry" (para 22).
July 28, 2020, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In 2017 a survey across Australian universities was conducted to identify the extent of sexual harassment and assault on university grounds. The Change the Course report, produced as a result, shows that in 2015/16, 51% of students reported that they had been sexually harassed at university and 9% of students surveyed reported that they had been sexually assaulted at university.xviii The report also found that female students, LGBTI students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, CALD students and students with disabilities are more likely to be sexually harassed or assaulted than other students. The majority of students did not report the harassment or assault to the university out of fear...more
July 19, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Seven percent of women age 15-49 have ever experienced sexual violence, and 3% have experienced sexual violence in the 12 months preceding the survey" (340). "Five percent of women have experienced sexual violence by age 22, including 3% who experienced sexual violence by age 18" (340). "Among ever-married women who have experienced sexual violence, 80% report their current husbands as perpetrators and 19% report former husbands as perpetrators. Among all women who have experienced sexual violence, 4% each report strangers and friends/acquaintances as perpetrator" (340). "Physical violence or sexual violence may not occur in isolation; rather women may experience a combination of forms of violence, and these combinations of violence...more
July 16, 2020, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Since April, GBV has increased by an estimated 10 percent, while reported injuries to women and children have increased 69 percent, rape by 27 percent, and other assaults by 45 percent, according to a June report by crime analysts with the UN stabilization mission in CAR (MINUSCA). Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the country, 97 percent of GBV victims have been female and 76 percent underage."
July 12, 2020, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) quantitative survey on violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina published this year found that 48 percent of women there have experienced some form of abuse, including intimate partner violence, nonpartner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment since the age of 15. And 25 percent of all women, almost twice the rate across the EU, believe that domestic violence is a private matter and should be handled within the family. That leads to underreporting of violence against women" (para. 13).